Monday, November 29, 2021

How To Find Your Passion

Ten years ago, before Jeep, a real struggle in my life began. So much was changing for me. My two boys were getting older, not needing me like they used to. I was burned out from several years of volunteering with various groups my kids were involved in. I was exhausted from making sure my dyslexic son was getting what he needed in school. And... I was realizing I was getting older, my body was changing, which not only affected me physically, but mentally. I was going through a big life transition without realizing what was happening.

My life was all about my kids and family. I loved my kids. I gave them 150 percent. I will never ever regret a single moment. I have so many wonderful memories, and times shared with them.

[How To] Find Your Passion - A Jeep Momma Video

As they started wanting their own space and time, I had time to fill. During that time, I struggled for a direction, for a purpose. I had been a stay-at-home mom for twelve years.  I started paying attention to those needs I left on the back burner, I realized what I once enjoyed was no longer something I enjoyed. My career in television news wasn't an option, so what was next for me, what could I do?
I was depressed. Life was too quickly passing me by.

Then along came my Jeep. A spur of the moment impulse buy.
Some people call it a mid life crisis, but I call it a life transition. 

That impulse buy changed my whole life. I began to reflect on my life. I went in search of my passion & purpose cause I didn’t have one. I did find it after a lot of reflection. I found it buried deep inside of me.  

First – Find some quiet time to sit down and reflect. You will need to ask some hard questions.

Inventory your talents

What are you good at or have
 a natural aptitude for?

Forget about what you’re good at but don’t like doing. I’m talking about the things you have a knack for that you enjoy doing.  Are there things you like to do that you don’t think you’re that good at, that other people have complimented you on? Perhaps you even dismissed or rejected their enthusiasm. You don’t have to be good at something for it to qualify as a passion. You don't have to ever earn a penny of income from it either. When it comes to your passions, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy them.

Notice when you lose track of time, or what you hate to stop doing.

What would you love to spend hours doing, that you never get enough time to do? 

That’s a passion, and you probably need to do it more than you are.

Think of what you loved to do as a child

I looked far back into my childhood trying to remember what I enjoyed to do, what I wanted to be, and what I was curious about. 

Now, Make a List, of three to five things you enjoy -- really enjoy. Go experience these loves. You might even need to step out of your comfort zone and push past your fears. Try new experiences. Clearing out the things that hold you back and aren’t fulfilling. It won't happen over night, possibly not even in the next couple of months, just keep pushing forward and continue to reflect and ask yourself questions. It takes a lot of soul searching and serious thought to discover your purpose in life.

For some this is an easy answer, but others this could take months, even years of reflection and answering questions that require you into dig deep into your soul, uncovering what holds you back and what derails you from your happiness.    

Discovering and claiming something you love to do has an amazing effect on your entire life. Make time for these things, whatever you can manage, and watch your life start to change. It’s really magical.

Searching for my passion changed my life and helped me fill that empty hole.  It helped me to discover myself again and circle back around to my core passion. Sharing stories on my Jeep Momma blog, and now on my You Tube channel Jeep life withJeep Momma.  Combining my loves for the 3 O’s off roading, overlanding, and the outdoors along with my Jeep and a core need for sharing and inspiring has helped me finally find my passion and purpose.  

Now I don't look at life with the same fear of getting older. I just take it one story at a time, one day at a time and one new adventure at a time. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Taking Responsibility

Pilgrimage to Heal My Heart, Mind & Soul - Day 5

Life is a series of ups and downs. We all experience hurt and heartache, as well as joy and happiness. We have people who come into our lives who are not so nice to us, and people who lift us up and fill our cups. 

Our world has changed dramatically since I was a little kid. With the explosion of the internet then social media, a whole new set of problems plague us. One of those problems is the the way we see each others lives. 

Most people who post on social media only post the good stuff happening in their lives. Very few share those down times. I try to balance both to show there are other people out their experiencing difficulties in their life and not everything is good. 

Sharing about your life's low points doesn't make you a victim. I don't want to be considered a victim because of a hurt I may feel. Am I devastated right now? Of course, my life has been turned upside down. I am no longer with the person I love and shared an amazing journey with. I am no longer living my dream. 

I am now trying to get back up on my feet. I am looking at the role I played, what I did wrong, and what I did right. How I felt, and what I need to work on as a person.   

Being a victim is a mode of thinking in which you feel unhappy in life and powerless to change it. Life doesn't always go your way, and people get hurt, but that doesn't mean you are a victim. A victim blames others for their problems. I am taking ownership, I am looking at myself to figure out where I went wrong, and I can become a better person. I am not perfect, no one is, and it does take two people. I will do my part and work on what I find I need to work on.  

I don't share for pity or sympathy. I share to help others, so they know they are not alone on their rollercoaster ride of life. I share so they feel they can share, then we can all work on our problems together. Just like when I created the parents support group many years ago. We all had our issues, but we had each other to lean on for support. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Know Your Self-Worth

Pilgrimage to Heal My Heart, Mind & Soul - Day 2

self-worth - noun

  • Self-esteem; self-respect.
  • The value one assigns to oneself or one's abilities in self assessment.
  • The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
I am on a 7 day Self Worth Booster Course. Yesterday was Day 1. Self Worth is the backbone to all your "self's", self confidence, self esteem. You get the picture. As a society, there is a misbelief that money, success, popularity and possessions makes you worthy. I learned long ago that isn't true. I just did me.

Why do I still have anxiety?
Why am I a people pleaser neglecting my needs?

Those fears are there because of a deep seeded feeling I am unlovable. Over my lifetime I have made choices that don't fit in society's box, so society's judgments can wear you down. As well as I have come across many bullies who are condescending and controlling. One of my first memories as a child was two neighborhood boys taunting me daily.  So I have to remind myself they do this only to feel good about themselves. They are trying to make others feel inferior to them. 

I would beat myself up for my mistakes and dwell on them. I was terrified of criticism, and was striving for perfection. I need to stop that way of thinking and to rewire my brain as that diminishes my self worth. 

Build Back Your Self Worth HOW TO Day 1

I am a good person and deserve respect!  I have have kindness, compassion, empathy and respect for others. 


Love from another person does not define you. 

I am worthy of respect. 

I deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. 

This means holding healthy boundaries with others, expecting reciprocity in relationships, and knowing what you need to put yourself first.

Signs of Low Self Worth 

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Changing Yourself for Others

Seeking Approval from Others

Not Communicating Your Needs

Allowing Others to Take Advantage of You

No Self Love 

No Healthy Boundaries

No Self Belief

Being Afraid and Not Being Yourself

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Trials Make You Stronger

 Pilgrimage of Healing My Heart, Mind and Soul- Day 1

A good friend told me God puts us through difficult times so we can help others through difficult times. 

"Every trial God sends, even our daily frustrations are meant to test us and grow us stronger. If I want God to use me for big things, I must pass the little tests. If I don’t pass the little tests, why should I expect God to trust me with greater things?"

We all go through difficult times, some of us have greater  challenges than others. Most people don't understand how truly difficult a persons trials are because most of us face them alone, and do it quietly out of fear and embarrassment.

Typically I am not quiet about my trials. When I was facing struggles trying to get my son help in school I figured I wasn't the only one. I created a group for parents going through similar hardships. Facing the same issues together, we were able to help and support each other through our journey's. 

Now, I am facing a trying time most don't understand. Usually
people are wrapped up in their own issues, and because they don't see all the aspects of someone's trials, they cannot truly understand. 

I still don't fully understand what I am going through because you never believe something like this could happen to you. I am now on a pilgrimage to understand and heal with the hope of being able to share my experience to help others avoid this kind of pain. 

Trials Link 1

Trials Link 2 

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